Apple has blown the lid off the long-rumoured iPad mini, a slimmer tablet with a 7.9 inch screen, along with the fourth generation iPad.
The iPad mini was definitely the star of yesterday's press event, clocking in at a paltry 0.68 lbs. It's 53% lighter than the New iPad, and 23% thinner to boot (a skinny 7.2mm).
Specs include LTE compatibility (nano-SIM), a resolution of 1024 x 768 across 7.9 inches and PPI of 163. You'll also get a 5MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, a front-facing FaceTime HD camera, dual-core A5 processor, Lightning Connector and a 10 hour battery life. 802.11a/b/g/n wi-fi is included, which is twice as fast as existing iPad models.
Fairly impressive for a mini tablet, but the 1024x768 resolution has drawn fire from across various corners of the internet. Despite being identical to the iPad 2, many consumers and pundits have pointed out that similar devices such as the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire boast a higher resolution (1280x800 and upwards, though admittedly on smaller screens), offering enhanced pixel density. Let us know where you stand.
Here are the UK prices, which range from £269-£529.
- iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi - £269
- iPad mini 32GB Wi-Fi - £349
- iPad mini 64GB Wi-Fi - £429
- iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi and cellular - £369
- iPad mini 32GB Wi-Fi and cellular - £449
- iPad mini 64GB Wi-Fi and cellular - £529
The 4th Generation iPad was also announced despite the 'New' iPad only hitting shelves six months ago. The new dual-core A6X chip will apparently provide double the CPU and graphical performance of its predecessor. Like the Mini, Apple promise a ten hour battery life, lightning connector and 'super fast' Wi-Fi.
Prices range from £399-£659:
- Wi-Fi 16GB - £399
- Wi-Fi 32GB - £479
- Wi-Fi 64GB - £559
- Wi-Fi + Cellular 16GB - £499
- Wi-Fi + Cellular 32GB - £579
- Wi-Fi + Cellular 64GB - £659
Wi-Fi versions of the iPad mini and 4G iPad launch on November 2nd, with cellular models following a fortnight later.